Welcome back to another edition of Flip This Franchise!
With the 2021 NBA Draft wrapped up, we saw the Grizzlies select a potential PG of the future in Scottie Pippen Jr. At the same time, Pippen Jr. is also the only active PG on the Grizzlies roster heading in to free agency. With that said, there is much work to be done over the free agency period to surround Pippen Jr. with assets to help him develop, as well as bringing in players who can help the team overall. Before we get in to that, it’s time to release the staff overhaul for the 2021 season and beyond.
HEAD COACH Larry Drew (B- OFF, B+ DEF, B+ POT) 4 YEARS/$19M
ASSISTANT COACH Trent Pederson (A OFF, B- DEF, C+ POT) 4 YEARS/$3.76M
ASSISTANT GM David Johnson (B- CON, A- TRAD, B POT) 4 YEARS/$2.28M
HEAD SCOUT Jacob Dailey (A SCO, B- POT) 4 YEARS/$1.08M
TRAINER Sean Lee (B+ TRA, A- POT) 4 YEARS/$1.20M
Overall, the Grizzlies were able to bring in Larry Drew to serve as their head coach moving forward, who served as the former HC of the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and has been coaching in the NBA since 1992. With his B+ potential and years of playing/coaching experience, the Grizzlies believe Drew can help this young Grizzlies team grow and develop for years to come.
To pair with Drew, Trent Pederson will help greatly on the offensive end with a grade of “A” for his offensive expertise. A new Asst. GM was needed to help on the side of free agency and trades, especially considering there could be a few shake-ups on that end depending on how free agency goes. By bringing in a new head scout and trainer, it shows that the Grizzlies are even further committed to the growth and development of the team, with their respective grades.
Now that the Grizzlies have a more solidified staff, they can now focus their efforts on free agency. Before the free agency class is officially released, let’s first show who the Grizzlies were able to bring back on team options.
Team Options (Re-Signings)
Jaren Jackson Jr., PF (89 OVR, 21) $9.18M Team
Cam Reddish, SF (84 OVR, 21) $6.92M 2 YR Team
Mikal Bridges, SG (82 OVR, 24) $5.56M Team
Mitchell Robinson, C (80 OVR, 23) $1.80M Team
Now that we have brought back our core guys on team options, a majority of the work for this free agency period is settled. However, the point guard depth is one that we will be looking to build on heavily, as Pippen Jr. is the only active PG on the roster.
In terms of the other back-up positions, a PF to back-up Jackson Jr. will also be a much-needed addition. So without further ado, it’s time to release the 2021 Grizzlies Free Agent Class.
Free Agent Signings
Monte Morris, PG (80 OVR, 26) 3 YEARS/$35.02M
Elfrid Payton, PG (79 OVR, 27) 2 YEARS/$20.01M
Frank Mason, PG (77 OVR, 27) 2 YEARS/$10M
Alec Peters, PF (79 OVR, 26) 1 YEAR/$7.85M
Willie Reed, C (76 OVR, 31) 1 YEAR/$1.67M
Fred VanVleet, PG (75 OVR, 27) 1 YEAR/$1.67M
With free agency officially wrapped up, the Grizzlies now have a total of five active point guards on their roster. With that said, not all five will be on the team for next year. Multiple trades could be on the horizon for the Grizzlies between now and the regular season. With Morris, Payton, and Peters returning to Memphis, it shows that the Grizzlies are committed to these guys in helping build out the future of the team.
In terms of Mason, Reed, and VanVleet, these guys will help serve has role players, while also filling in when needed due to injuries and etc. However, with all of this being said, none of these signed players will be safe in terms of the trade market before the start of the season.
Stay tuned for the next Flip This Franchise as the Grizzlies will have to decide if they need to make any last-minute moves before the start of the 2021 NBA Regular Season. Could a massive trade be on the horizon? Tweet me your opinions @christhorkilsen
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